As part of our topic we have been looking at the country Brazil. To help us understand the life of some children we have read a story about a boy called Pele who lives in a favela in Rio. He has to make some choices along the way about whether he should be selling papayas to help his family get money or join in a football game as it’s his dream to be a professional footballer.
We spent some time weighing up Pele’s choices and found it was difficult to decide especially as we were able to give reasons for both choices.
At one point in the story he upsets an older boy called Dengar who also lives in the favela. Pele is warned to not be out in the favela after dark or he will get into trouble.
We had to imagine that Pele was coming home to the favela in the dark after selling his papayas when he was met by Dengar and his gang.
We freeze framed what we thought might happen to Pele:
Unfortunately we were concerned that Pele may have had a negative experience with Dengar and his gang. This led us on to discussions about who to speak to if we need help in any situation.
We thought carefully about how Pele might have felt during this story and used those emotions to help us write our own stories about children living in Brazil.
Well done Year 4 for thinking so maturely and carefully about other people’s feelings and experiences.